Our public Montessori program is located in Baton Rouge's inner city and our delightful students hail from all over the city. In true Montessori style, our classroom is full of hands-on activities that engage each child where they are developmentally. We are a close-knit group of three to six year-olds who celebrate kindness and peace every day.
We are a classroom of gardeners, planting most of the beds in our new garden area, complete with garden boxes and trellises.
We also have a butterfly garden and earlier this year watched as Monarch butterflies freed themselves of their chrysalises and flapped their pristine wings. We are interested in all kinds of science and while we have a beautiful life science project going, we would like to learn more about physical science. The children love it when I do science experiments with them.
These children teach me about kindness every day and truly embrace the peace curriculum.
After preparing the students for this project, they will choose a box and transform it into "not-a-box." They love to decorate their boxes, no matter what they have created and these materials will help them add wheels, prop up materials, make holes in cardboard, and construct a project they will be proud of. They get so excited about these projects and one thing leads to another. As much as possible, we try to facilitate their ideas with materials in the classroom and sometimes they require a small purchase on the side to see their ideas become reality. But these materials will make for more satisfying outcomes, giving them the ability to make something that works, such as a car or plane that rolls. There are Pre-K 3s, Pre-K 4s, and Kindergartners in the Montessori classroom and they borrow ideas from each other as the project unfolds.
These materials will make a much more exciting resource area for them to choose from, according to the product they have in their heads.
I can just imagine their excitement when they see the rich treasure trove of craft materials they have to pull from.
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